Pasta Carbonara

My husband has been in Germany all week on business. So what’s a girl to do, except make dishes that I want to try; that I know he wouldn’t eat anyway! Carbonara in general is a bacon and cream sauce; in this case they are whisked with eggs which are actually cooked by the hot pasta, creating this amazingly creamy and flavorful dish. If you haven’t had it, you might (as I did) be skeptical and think it’s going to taste like breakfast on noodles. I promise you that is not the case. It creates this delicious coating of velvety yum that when paired with the Parmesan and caramelized onion (nod to Tyler Florence) makes a meal into an event to remember. Now if I could only get my husband to like bacon.

As organic as possible:

1 lb Linguine (easily substituted by spaghetti or long noodle of your choice)

2 Tbsp Olive oil

10 slices bacon, cut crosswise into thin strips

1 yellow Onion, diced

4 Eggs

6 Tbsp heavy Cream

1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan, plus more for serving

Freshly ground Black Pepper

 

Start the cooking process for the pasta according to package directions, but be sure to salt your water!

Heat the olive oil in a skillet, add bacon and onion. Let cook until bacon is crispy and onion is caramelized, about 8 minutes give or take. In the meantime crack eggs into a large bowl and whisk with cream, Parmesan and a little freshly cracked black pepper. When bacon and onion are ready, spoon some of it into the cream and egg and whisk, add the rest including all of the fat and continue to whisk a little until it makes an emulsion.

If we have our timing right, the noodles should be al dente and ready to come out of the boiling water. Using tongs or a pasta scoop, place a portion of the noodles into the egg sauce, and toss. Add the rest of the noodles and gently toss until all noodles are coated with the creamy mixture of deliciousness.

Serve with a little freshly cracked pepper and light grating of Parmesan. Buon appetito!

Recipe adapted from Tyler Florence’s Spaghetti Carbonara

59 comments

  1. This looks delicious! Pasta is something we can all agree on in this house 😁 I love that it seems pretty easy and quick to whip up too! Can’t wait to try it;)

  2. Sadie, if Owen doesn’t like bacon try making it with either Pancetta or Prosciutto. I work with a woman who hails from Venice who uses Prosciutto in this dish. Hopefully he likes either one or both of those! Good luck, this is a fantastic dish! xoxo

  3. Bacon does make it better! Really good! My first time ever eating carbonara… Mmmm… It’s good to be a drop in raid the fridge kind of guy.

  4. I am totally aghast that your hubby does not like bacon? Is it for religious or vegan reasons? Otherwise, that is just MADNESS!!! LOL. Sorry. OMG the way the house smells when you cook it?? It shares the same smell space with coffee brewing in the morning or fresh bread baking in the oven. There is no substitute. xoxo

  5. Believe it or not, but I’ve never tried Carbonara, probably because my husband does’t eat meat and he hates pasta. I’ve made other (meatless) pasta dishes for the family, but never got round to this one. I’ll have to try it next time some of the children visit. It looks fabolous to me.

  6. Finally made this, so I had to report back! Great pasta recipe, and your instructions were very easy to follow:) The best part is Isaac even loved it, and normally he won’t eat bacon by itself! Any recipe that the whole family likes, and I can make in 15 minutes from start to finish is a winner!! Thanks for the recipe, looking forward to trying so many more of yours ❤️🙂

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